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Overview

OneClick Masters is a competition framework that involves a sequence of matches played over a period of 5-6 weeks. It consists of a 3-match round-robin phase (played within a group of 4 competitors) followed by 2- or 3-round single elimination tournament for the best 2 competitors from each round-robin group. Registration, creation of competition groups, and flexible weekly match playing framework of OneClick Masters is similar to that of OneClick Tournaments and OneClick Championships.

One Click Masters expose some unique and attractive characteristics:

  1. Flexible match time & location. Although each round involves a default match time and location, the players may agree on a different time and location as long as the match is completed by the specified deadline.
  2. Everyone has a chance of winning. All the players/duos in a given group will have One Click dynamic ratings that differ by at most 0.3, so the matches will be competitive. For doubles this restriction applies to the rating averages of duo players.
  3. Men and women are in the same draw. Thanks to the One Click dynamic rating system, men and women with the same dynamic rating are competitive.
  4. Local area convenience. Each championship draw will consist of players from the same small geographic area, thereby reducing travel time.
  5. Reduced cost. Because players can elect to play on free courts, entry fees can be much lower.

Registration

Announced Masters Competition will be shown on the Dashboard tab on the OneClickTennis website. You can register from the Dashboard tab for a period of two weeks following the event announcement. Either player in a doubles duo may register for the duo.

Eligibility

Only OneClickTennis members in good standing (through the announced end date of the competition) may register. In addition, each player must have played enough OneClick matches to expose a meaningful dynamic rating. The details of this requirement may change for the future editions of the Masters Competition. OneClickTennis reserves the right to exclude any registration that, in its sole judgment, would endanger the integrity of the competition.

For the 2009 Masters the following requirements apply:

  • At least two OneClick recorded matches for players who expose in their profile (through My Account) an NTRP level verifiable through the USTA website and this NTRP level is well established through playing matches in USTA events.
  • At least three OneClick recorded matches for players who expose in their profile (through My Account) an NTRP level verifiable through the USTA website but this NTRP level is self-rated and not backed by match playing history.
  • At least four OneClick recorded matches for players who do not have any USTA record.

Championship Groups

Each group will consist of 8 or 16 players/duos, with a maximum dynamic rating difference of 0.3 between any two players/duos in a group. Hence, there will be either 2 or 4 round-robin phase sub-groups. The top two competitors from each sub-group will be placed in the tournament draw.

Match Scheduling

The general idea is that each round of the competition takes a week. Normally, matches of each round get played within a specific week assigned for a particular round. However, in round-robin phase players may mutually agree on playing a specific match at an arbitrary date/time and location as long as the date/time is within the round-robin phase deadline and the mutually agreed arrangements are submitted to the One Click website prior to the initially assigned match date. The tournament-phase matches will be expected to follow the weekly rhythm.

Upon closing the Masters registration and creating competition draws, each participating player will receive, through the One Click Tennis website, an initial schedule of round-robin phase matches. Such matches with be arranged at a default date/time (always a Sunday 3PM) and location. The default location will be chosen (from a list of venues published for a given area) to minimize travel.

For each match players must, before the default match date/time, either play the assigned match or post the new mutually agreed match date/time/location. The OneClickTennis website will provide facilities for modifying match date/time/location. The player/duo that cannot play a given championship match at the assigned date/time/location (the initial one or the one mutually agreed later) loses the match by default.

Match Playing

All matches will be 'best 2 out of 3 sets'. If the players split the first two sets, either a third set or a 10-point Match Tiebreak may be played. We encourage the players to make this decision mutually, but if they can't agree then the player with the higher seed makes the choice. A player who is more than 15 minutes late for a match forfeits the match. Both players (or teams) are expected to bring a can of new balls. The winner takes the can of unused balls, the loser takes the balls used in the match.

Electing the Championships Winner

The round robin phase ends with the standings established based on the number of points earned through playing the championship matches. Each match played (not resolved by default) gives one point and each match won gives 2 points. In particular:

  • If a match was played then the winner gets 2 points and loser gets 1 point
  • If a match was resolved by default because one of the players/duos could not play at the assigned date/time/location then the player/duo that was ready to play gets 1 point while the player/duo that could not play gets 0 points
  • If none of the players/duos could play at the assigned date/time/location then both players/duos get 0 points
In the case of equal number of points the order of players/duos is decided by the dynamic rating at the conclusion of the round-robin period. The best two competitors in a round-robin group qualify for the tournament phase. The tournament phase format depends on whether the round-robin phase involved two or four groups. For the two-group case the group winners play the other group runner-ups in the semifinals. Hence, with Group A and Group B in place, player #1 of Group A plays player #2 of Group B and player #1 of Group B plays player #2 of Group A. The winners of the semifinal matches play in the final match. For the four-group case the four groups are first divided into a pair of two-group clusters in such a way that provides the lowest possible average rating difference between the clusters. Suppose the first cluster involves Groups A and B while the second cluster involves Groups C and D. The tournament elimination will proceed as follows:

Quarterfinal AB1: #1 of Group A v. #2 of Group B
Quarterfinal AB2: #1 of Group B v. #2 of Group A
Quarterfinal CD1: #1 of Group C v. #2 of Group D
Quarterfinal CD2: #1 of Group D v. #2 of Group C
Semifinal AB: winner of AB1 v. winner of AB2
Semifinal CD: winner of CD1 v. winner of CD2
Final: winner of AB v. winner of CD

Fees and Prizes

The registration fee for the 2009 edition is $15, chargeable on the date of publishing the competition groups. Players not admitted to the competition group for which they registered will not be charged.

  • All players who complete playing all three matches of the round-robin phase receive one month of free One Click membership.
  • All playoff participants (50% of the total number of participants) receive three months of free membership (i.e. effective refund of their registration fee)
  • The winners receive a Squee-Z (a great tool for quickly removing puddles from a tennis court) and a certificate for 1-hour private lesson. Individually engraved trophies are available for a nominal charge.